SomoS Art House, Berlin

General information

Brief description of organisation

Selected by Artslant Magazine as one of Berlin’s most interesting art project organizations, SomoS Art House provides space and resources for the presentation, reflection and production of the arts. Organizing an Artist-in-Residency program and an ambitious exhibition and event schedule, SomoS closely works with artists, organizers and curators to realize their projects.

SomoS’ mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, exhibitions, education and creative cooperation. Overview Berlin Art House SomoS provides a spacious exhibition hall, living ateliers and guest rooms, a multipurpose area; and coworking-, workshop- and media production facilities.

Centrally located, SomoS is situated on the first floor of a 1890’s mixed residential/commercial building in the popular creative multicultural area dubbed Kreuzkölln, where the Kreuzberg and Neukölln neighborhoods meet; a minimally renovated historic space that was originally built as a typical early 20th century "Kaffeehaus," and has since through the years been in use as a cinema complex and pool hall. SomoS’ organizers have extensive experience in curating, educational, and audio visual and food-art event organization, music production, media- and visual art.

Organisation founded in

2011

Brief description of residency program

SOMOS AIR
SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program offers cultivated, supportive, and stimulating surroundings to international visiting artists wishing to realize an artistic project in Berlin. The minimum 3 month residency is focused on production, experience, critical discourse, networking, and local participation. The SomoS residency program is designed for artists working in disciplines such as drawing, collage, photography, media-art, performance, and film/video. Staying at SomoS, participants will become a part of a thriving artistic community with an active exhibition and event program and will easily and swiftly become well-acquainted with the creative, networked city that is Berlin.

FACILITIES
Residents will be provided with accommodation in furnished studios suitable for various disciplines and purposes. These studios are furnished with a working table, chairs, workbench, bed, and a professional LED lighting system. Shared areas of SomoS such as the exhibition spaces, a shared kitchen, office facilities, and a big social living space and salon (suitable for screenings or meetings) with a collection of art books are available to use.

ACTIVITIES
During their time at SomoS, residents may undertake their own activities like workshops, talks etc., which can be hosted in the on-site exhibition space or workshop rooms. AIR participants have free access to all general workshops, artist-talks, screenings, exhibitions and other regular events taking place at SomoS art house. Residents will meet regularly with SomoS curators to discuss and review their progress towards completing their project.

OBJECTIVES
At the end of the residency, SomoS organizes a presentation of residents´ recent work in a suitable public format. These can include lectures, discussions, screenings, readings, or exhibitions. During this process artists receive support on the various aspects of the presentation (including PR, artist´s talks, interviews, exhibition texts, invitations, and public reception). This presentation will take place in SomoS exhibition hall and will be part of the official exhibition program.

AVAILABILITY
Up to six live/work studios are available for artists-in-residence at SomoS Art House. Residents stay for three months each on a rolling monthly basis so that they can benefit from overlapping with other artists and to have the chance for more individual feedback.

Residency program since

2012

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • Curatorial
  • Performing Arts
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time

5

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency

Setting

Urban

Resources
  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Accomodation
  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

Nearest airport

Berlin-Tegel or Berlin-Schönefeld

Contact information

SomoS Art House, Berlin
Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.OG
10967 Berlin
Germany

somos@somos-arts.org
www.somos-arts.org

Phone: +49 30 89563000

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